GF sues ex-NBA star Ron Mercer for Range Rover, court sides with player

ron_mercerA Williamson County jury has sided with former professional basketball player Ron Mercer in a lawsuit brought by Mercer’s ex-girlfriend stemming over the ownership of a Range Rover, according to the Tennessean.

Mercer, who is Brentwood resident, was sued last year by his ex-girlfriend Brandi Chiarella who had made a number of allegations against him. She started dating Mercer in 2003. The couple, who have a 5 year old son, broke up in 2012.

However, the only claim that went to jurors for a verdict was Chiarella’s claim that Mercer had tried to cheat her out of ownership of a 2004 Range Rover that Chiarella bought for $45,000 in 2006.

Court papers show Chiarella claimed Mercer had illegally “converted” her ownership of the Range Rover when he sold the vehicle to a Lexus dealership in Louisville. He later gave the Lexus to Chiarella for her use and never drove the Range Rover.

Conversion is a legal term describing the appropriation of property owned by own person for the use by another person who’s not its owner.

While Jurors decided that Mercer wrongfully converted the Range Rover, they also said Chiarella had waived her rights to the Range Rover in 2006.

Chiarella will not receive any financial judgement for mental suffering or punitive damages.

“The jury did the right thing,” said R.E. Lee Davies, Mercer’s attorney.

Chiarella’s initial lawsuit had initially included claims of breach of contract for payment of child support and breach of promise for failing to support her but she later dropped those claims.

Mercer, a former college All American who played for the University of Kentucky, was a first-round draft choice by the National Basketball Association’s Boston Celtics and later played for five other NBA teams.

Mercer played for Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs and New Jersey Nets throughout his career. He last played in the NBA in 2005.

Mercer appeared in 432 NBA games (278 started), averaging 13.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg in 31.1 minutes per game. He averaged career high 19.7 ppg for Chicago Bulls during the 2000-01 NBA season.


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